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Kansas Supreme Court Rules Democratic Candidate’s Name Must Be Removed From Senate Ballot

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The Kansas Supreme Court may have just upended the battle for control of the U.S. Senate

Apple Strikes A Blow For Privacy

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A recent change by Apple is good news for advocates of privacy and civil liberties in the Internet Age.

Air Force Lifts Requirement For Enlistees To Say ‘So Help Me God’ In Oath

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Earlier this month, I noted the case of an unnamed member of the Air Force who had been denied reenlistment because he declined to say “so help me God” at the end of his enlistment oath. As I noted at the time, while this language is set forth in the statute that creates the oath, […]

Kansas Supreme Court Appears Prepared To Allow Democrat Chad Taylor To Get Off Ballot

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Kansas’s highest court heard argument today in a legal dispute that could play a huge role in deciding who controls the Senate after November 4th.

Software Patents are Crumbling

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The courts have been striking them down at a dizzying pace since June.

Obama’s Flimsy Legal Case For War

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The Obama Administration’s legal justification for war against ISIS is laughably flimsy.

N.C.A.A. Lifts All Of Its Sanctions Against Penn State

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Well, that punishment didn’t last for very long.

NFL Punishing Victim in Ray Rice Case

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The firing actually hurts Janay Rice much more than it does Ray.

Federal Judge Voids Changes In Ohio Early Voting Law In A Troubling Decision

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A Federal Judge in Ohio has issued a very troubling ruling on that state’s early voting law.

Airman Reportedly Denied Reenlistment For Failing To Say ‘So Help Me God’

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It would appear that someone needs to introduce the Air Force to Article VI of the Constitution.

Seventh Circuit Strikes Down Indiana And Wisconsin Bans On Same-Sex Marriage

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Another Federal appellate Court has struck down state law bans on same-sex marriage, but the only thing that matters now is the Supreme Court.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Convicted On Corruption Charges

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A once rising GOP star hits bottom.

D.C. Circuit Grants En Banc Review In Obamacare Funding Case

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Back in July, a three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tax subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act could only be applied to policies purchased under exchanges established by an individual state, not to policies purchased via the exchange set up by the Federal Government for the 30-odd […]

DNA Evidence Clears Two Men After 31 Years, Including One Who Was Sentenced To Die

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Two men in North Carolina are free after spending 31 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

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A lower court judge has upheld the Louisiana Constitution’s limitation of marriage to “one man and one woman.”

Judge Tosses Chris McDaniel’s Challenge To GOP Senate Runoff Result

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Chris McDaniel’s meritless, quixotic challenge to the Mississippi GOP Senate Primary is reaching it’s expected conclusion.

9 Year Old Kills Gun Instructor Showing Her How To Fire An Uzi

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A weapons instructor in Arizona is dead after being shot by an Uzi that he was teaching a nine year old girl how to use: The authorities in Arizona on Wednesday were investigating what went wrong after a 9-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun at a shooting range accidentally killed the instructor who had […]

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

Copyright Office: Monkey Selfies Not Entitled To Copyright Protection

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The Copyright Office says that works not “created” by humans are not entitled to copyright protection.

GAO: Obama Broke The Law In Bergdahl Release Deal

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The General Accounting Office confirmed what seems clear to anyone who can read a statute.

Aurora Theater Shooting Foreseeable Rules Federal Judge

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Lawsuits against the theater where 12 people were murdered in 2012 may go forward.

What If “Justice” In The Mike Brown Case Doesn’t End In A Conviction?

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

There is a good possibility that Darren Wilson could be acquitted in the shooting of Michael Brown.. Are the protesters ready to accept that reality?

Supreme Court Stays Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage In Virginia

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Not unexpectedly, the Supreme Court has granted a request to stay the ruling of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that would have allowed same-sex couples in Virginia to get married legally: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order that will stop same-sex couples in Virginia from being able to marry starting […]

Public Opinion On Ferguson Shows Deep Racial Divisions

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What you think about the events in Ferguson depends quite a lot on whether you’re black or white.

Professor-Cop Blames Victims of Police Violence

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17-year veteran of the LAPD says, “If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

Police Are Not Soldiers; Our Communities Are Not War Zones

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We should not tolerate them acting otherwise.

Watch your Mouth in North Augusta, SC

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Via WSPA:  SC mom arrested for using ‘F-word’ in grocery store in front of her kids Wolf, age 22, moved to South Carolina with her family 3 weeks ago but a night at a grocery store has her wanting to move back to Ohio. "He was like, ‘You’re under arrest’…right in front of kids, in […]

A Timely Thought On The Militarization Of Police Forces

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“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state. The other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”   – Cmdr. William Adama, Battlestar Galactica “Water” Season One, Episode 2

Another Night Of Unrest In Ferguson, And An Assault On Journalism

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The situation in Ferguson, Missouri isn’t calming down.

Fourth Circuit Refuses To Stay Ruling Against Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay the effect of its ruling striking down Virginia’s state Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: A federal appeals court panel refused to stay its decision striking Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, which means the unions could start next week absent further judicial action. Opponents of the law […]

The Michael Brown Shooting And The Militarization Of American Police

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The shooting of Michael Brown is just another example of an ongoing problem.

Same-Sex Marriage Suffers A Legal Setback In Tennessee

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A trial court judge in Tennessee is the first jurist since the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage

Federal Judge Rejects Voting Rights Challenge To North Carolina Ballot Changes

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A major voting rights ruling out of North Carolina.

James Brady Death a Homicide

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Former Reagan speechwriter and gun control activist Jim Brady’s death has been ruled a homicide. No, there was no foul play involved—at least not recently.

James Brady’s Death Ruled A Homicide

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Could John Hinckley, Jr. face murder charges 30 years after his attempted assassination of President Reagan?

If A Monkey Takes A Selfie, Who Owns The Copyright?

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Wikipedia is refusing to recognize a photographer’s copyright claim because a monkey took the picture.

Mississippi Republican Party Refuses To Hear Chris McDaniel’s Election Challenge

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A big setback for Mississippi’s erstwhile Tea Party candidate for Senate.

Voter ID Laws Are A Solution In Search Of A Non-Existent Problem

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There is simply no evidence of the kind of in-person voter impersonation that Voter ID Laws were designed to prevent.

Utah Appeals Same-Sex Marriage Case To Supreme Court

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Utah’s Attorney General has appealed the 10th Circuit’s decision striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON—Utah officials on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could set the stage for the justices to decide whether gay couples have a constitutional […]

Virginia Marriage Case Headed To Supreme Court

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Not surprisingly, one of the Defendants in the challenge to Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban has announced their intention to appeal the 4th Circuit’s decision striking down the law to the Supreme Court: In Virginia, Michele B. McQuigg, who is the county clerk of Prince William County, a jurisdiction just south of Washington, D.C., asked the […]

Sanity Prevails In Case Of Sexting Teen Charged With Child Pornography

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In some sense, justice has prevailed.

Obamacare Subsidies Court Challenge Headed To Supreme Court

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Another Obamacare case is heading to the Supreme Court, but it’s unclear if they’ll agree to hear it, or when they’d hear it if they did.

House Votes To Authorize Utterly Pointless Lawsuit Against President Obama

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Your tax dollars, not at work.

Bob McDonnell Trial Opens On A Pathetic And Sordid Note

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The trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened yesterday, and it sounded more like a soap opera than a legal proceeding.

Federal Court Of Appeals Rejects New Constitutional Challenge To Obamacare

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A Federal Appeals Court has rejected a challenge to Obamacare based on a somewhat obscure provision of the Constitution.

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Another Circuit Court of Appeals has weighed in on the marriage equality debate.

Federal Judge Strikes Down D.C. Law Barring Carrying Handguns In Public

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In a logical extension of the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller, a Federal Judge has struck down D.C.’s law barring people from carrying handguns in public.

The New York Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization

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The Grey Lady sees the light on a major part of the War On Drugs.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Thanks in large part to the decisions from the 10th Circuit decisions that struck down similar laws in Utah and Oklahoma, a Federal Judge in Colorado has ruled that the Centennial State’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers lost another round in his fight to defend the state’s voter-approved ban […]

Black And White Stripes Are The New Orange

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A jail in Michigan is switching prison garb to old-style black and white stripes because prisoners have become enamored of the orange they had been wearing due to the popularity of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black: SAGINAW, MI — If orange is the new black, as the popular TV show title says, then black-and-white stripes are […]

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